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Freshmen lead FSU basketball over Nicholls State in opener (w/ video)

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's vaunted freshman class had a strong debut as the Seminoles defeated Nicholls State 109-62 on Sunday.

Three of the newcomers scored in double figures, led by Dwayne Bacon's 23 points and eight rebounds. Malik Beasley added 21 points and Terance Mann 15.

Bacon hit a 3-pointer on FSU's first possession, with Beasley assisting. Beasley then stole the ball at the other end, sparking a transition jumper for Bacon.

"It's big for a freshman to come in and make his first shot in a live game, it gives you confidence," FSU point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes said. "It keeps you aggressive. (Bacon) is a big-time scorer, that's what we want him to do. We want him to be aggressive."

Bacon shot 9-of-15 from the field, and Beasley shot 7-of-9.

"We all know that they're capable of being very good offensive players," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I thought they both gave good effort, doing the things we want them to do."

The Seminoles scored more than 100 in a season opener for the first time since 1994. They led by as many as 48 with 3:13 left.

Devon Bookert had 11 points and Rathan-Mayes 11 points and 11 assists for FSU.

The Seminoles led throughout and improved to 13-1 in season openers under Hamilton. They hit 13 of their first 16 from the field and shot 21-of-34 overall in the first half while leading by as many as 28 points. They ended up shooting 65.6 percent from the floor (40-of-61) and also made 10 of 20 3-pointers.

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